Attalla cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAttallaAlabamaNational
Cost of living index7989100
IndexAttallaAlabamaNational
Goods & Services index8998100
Groceries index8596100
Health care index7991100
Housing index4672100
Transportation index8791100
Utilities index126103100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Attalla, AL is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Attalla, AL enjoy a cost of living index of 79. This index is 12% lower than the Alabama average, and 21% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Attalla, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 10% lower than it is in Alabama, and it is 12% lower than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Attalla is 12% lower than the Alabama average.
  • The cost of living in Attalla is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Attalla is 54% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Alabama state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$41,907$3,492$978$1,257
Renters$30,013$2,501$700$900
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Attalla, AL, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Attalla, AL, the median monthly income is $41,907 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $978 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,013, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $700 on monthly rental expenses.

Alabama Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alabama4%13.5%

Alabama Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alabama2%5%
The Alabama sales tax and Alabama income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Attalla, AL. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Alabama sales tax is 4% and the maximum surtax is 13.5%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Alabama income tax rates range from 2% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.60$17.4922.2%
Beauty Salon $31.00$38.1718.8%
Toothpaste $1.84$2.3220.7%
Shampoo $0.85$1.0116.0%
Movie $9.25$10.7213.7%
Bowling $10.00$13.8627.9%

Groceries

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.53$3.909.5%
Fried Chicken $1.08$1.4022.6%
Milk $1.51$1.9623.0%
Potatoes $2.66$3.1816.4%
Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
Beer $8.39$9.239.1%

Health Care

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $77.60$106.3427.0%
Doctor $75.75$115.2534.3%
Dentist $72.25$98.3826.6%
Ibuprofen $9.47$9.262.3%
Lipitor $464.50$466.470.4%

Housing

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $72,200.00$184,700.0060.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $820.88$1,273.3235.5%
Apartment Rent $604.00$949.0036.4%

Transportation

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.29$2.5911.5%
Tire Balancing $42.74$48.9012.6%

Utilities

ItemAttallaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$247.64$167.6047.8%
Phone $178.98$163.429.5%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Bristow Cove, AL47573-27%
Egypt, AL88577-23%
Ridgeville, AL11477-23%
Douglas, AL1,05683-17%
Altoona, AL76877-23%
Attalla, AL5,93479-21%

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Colusa, CA5,9351099%
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Plymouth Meeting, PA5,93112626%
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Attalla, AL5,93479-21%
Source: The Attalla, AL cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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